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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

Monday, December 23 – Thursday, December 26

  • Berger and Blomkvist spend the weekend together, making love and talking.
  • On Monday afternoon, Blomkvist goes over to Millennium, which is closed for the holidays.
  • The phone rings, and he finds himself talking to Dirch Frode. Frode represents Henrik Vanger, who wants to offer Blomkvist a job.
  • Henrik used to be head of the Vanger family of industrial companies, owned by the Vanger family. Now Martin Vanger is the head.
  • The once-thriving Vanger Corporation has experienced troubled waters over the past twenty-five years, but still wields tremendous power and influence.
  • He can't imagine what kind of job Henrik wants to offer, but he agrees to at least think about a meeting.
  • After the call, Blomkvist does some Internet research on Frode, Henrik, and Martin.
  • He notices a tribute to Henrik, on his eightieth birthday, two years ago.
  • (A-ha! Henrik is the unnamed man in the prologue. The Vanger family tree says he was born in 1920, so the novel must be set in 2002.)
  • On Christmas Eve, Salander brings gifts to her 46-year-old mother in the nursing home.
  • Her mom is having a hard day, and Salander has to help her take the ribbon off her presents.
  • Her mom asks if Salander has seen her sister. Salander has not, and her sister hasn't visited her mother either. After a little while, Salander's mother calls Salander "Camilla," which is her sister's name.
  • On Christmas Eve, Blomkvist spends some time with his ex-wife and his daughter Pernilla.
  • Then he goes to dinner at his sister's. He calls Frode from there, and agrees to meet with Henrik.
  • The day after Christmas, he takes the train to Hedestad to meet Frode, who drives him over the bridge to Hedeby Island, where the Vanger family lives.
  • Blomkvist meets Henrik Vanger. Henrik wants Blomkvist to write a biography of the Vanger family.
  • But that's not the real job – nope, the real job is for Blomkvist to find out which family member killed Henrik's grandniece, Harriet Vanger, over forty years ago.
  • And who keeps sending Henrik flowers on his birthday….

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